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Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

2014 Program Outline

The Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP) at Kansas State University (KSU) gives undergraduates from under-represented groups a first-hand experience with the research process. This experience is designed to help students prepare for graduate school and other advanced study. Participation in a program such as SUROP provides a first-hand look at the process and excitement of discovery through research and such experience is viewed favorably by the admissions committees for graduate and professional schools.

Students participating in the SUROP will spend nine weeks during the summer at K-State working closely with faculty members as part of their research teams. Faculty members have on-going scholarly programs that continue through the summer. Students are expected to spend about 40 hours per week working with their research teams and to be contributing members of this group. By the end of the 9-week period, students should have produced tangible results from experimental research and will report the results in a special research forum.

Participants will also attend weekly seminars to learn more about the graduate school experience and are strongly encouraged to attend other events and activities organized by the SUROP coordinators.

The program for summer 2014 begins on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 and concludes on Friday, July 25, 2014. Selected participants are expected to arrive to Kansas State University on Monday, May 26, 2014.

Stipend and Financial Support

The K-State Graduate School provides participants with a stipend of $3,000 paid in three installments. In addition, the program pays travel expenses (up to $300) and residence hall room and board. The student is expected to pay for personal expenses from the stipend amount.

Participating Departments for Summer 2014


  • First-generation college students, members of ethnic minority groups, females in STEM disciplines, and members of other under-represented groups are invited to apply for the KSU SUROP.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants should have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, be majoring in a field listed above or a related field, and have a career goal that includes graduate-level education.
  • Students should have at least sophomore standing and must be enrolled in at least one semester of undergraduate study upon completion of participating in SUROP.
  • Non-KSU applicants will be given prior consideration.
  • Applicants must be available for the entire time period of the program. 

Application Procedure

Early applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis beginning November 1, 2013. Completed applications must be received by the SUROP coordinators no later than February 1, 2014.

To apply for participation in SUROP

  • Complete the SUROP application form.

  • Submit a brief statement of purpose (approximately 1-2 pages double spaced) that includes academic and career goals, research interests, and explains why you desire to participate in SUROP. It is also beneficial to identify one or more K-State faculty members with whom you would be interested in working and explain why you would like to work with them (see available faculty members in the list of participating departments above). You will be asked to upload your statement of purpose in the online application form. 

  • Submit a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV). You will be asked to upload your CV in the online application form. 

  • Request TWO FACULTY MEMBERS at your home institution to submit letters of recommendation supporting your application to SUROP. Recommendation letter may be faxed to 785-532-2983 or sent as an email attachment to gdschgra@ksu.edu. Hard copies also may be submitted via postal mail to the address below. 

  • Submit current OFFICIAL transcripts of ALL undergraduate coursework, including grades for Fall 2013. If you have attended multiple colleges or universities, submit transcripts from each institution. 

  • Hard copy materials may be sent via postal mail to:

The Graduate School - SUROP
Kansas State University
103 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1103


To avoid a delay in application processing, please be sure to include SUROP in the address when sending any materials via postal mail.

Kansas State University

Kansas State is the land-grant university in the state of Kansas. During the academic year, approximately 23,500 students enroll at KSU, including approximately 4,000 graduate students. Manhattan, Kansas (population 51,000), is located in the rolling Flint Hills of Northeast Kansas, just south of Tuttle Creek Reservoir. Manhattan is two hours west of Kansas City and about 50 minutes west of the capital city of Kansas, Topeka.

Previous SUROP Participants